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Dear ones,

Today I want to talk to you about working out and most importantly, staying motivated. I know it is hard to get back on the saddle, hard to keep going when your goal(s) seem so out of reach. It is also hard when life gets in between with work/school/family/you-name-it. I know the frustration that you might feel when all your efforts have gone to waste, or that you just don't seem to stick to the exercise regiment. I know all that because I've been there. As a matter of fact, I am slowly getting out of this rut and getting back on my saddle. 

Because, let's face it, there is nothing more upsetting than to be a quitter.

Last time I checked with you on my wellness progress was back in October, if you remember. I had just completed Phase I of the BiteSizedFitness challenge and had dropped a solid 11lbs and was setting my next fitness goals. Well, just after that I had to move out from my apartment, find a new home, started a new job and with winter, got a terrible case of flu and then cold. So from November until mid February, I had been out of the gym, and my workout routine had fallen apart. I went on  a run not too long ago only to realize how painful it was. A simple 2 miles run was like climbing a mountain. And that's how I knew that I had fallen terribly backwards and that I needed to get back to the gym. But of course I waited, using different excuses here and there to justify my lack of physical activities. That was until yesterday when I really had enough and went to the gym. Today marks Day 2 of my comeback, and I am not letting myself fall off-track again.

So how can you get back on the saddle and ensure not to fall off it again?
  1. Set multiple goals: one big and one small. It is great to want to drop 10-15lbs but it is unnecessary to stress yourself over that. This big goal can be your big picture. Now, to make sure you get there, you need to set yourself a more do-able, smaller goal. Let's say you decide to drop 1-2lbs a week. By doing so, you are reducing the pressure to lose weight and will actually be more successful at achieving those goals.
  2. When deciding to lose weight, do it for the good reasons. What I mean by this is, don't lose weight because all your friends are skinny, or that your boyfriend/friends keep making remarks about your extra "lovely" pounds, or any other reason. Because the extra weight you might have does not define the kind of person you are. So do it for yourself. One thing I realized when I started this transformation, was that I wanted to resemble myself as of 8 years ago, when i did ballet and was in great shape. But I also realized that I didn't want to be as skinny as I used to be back then; instead, I wanted to be fit, with toned arms, legs and a flat stomach. So that's what has been driving me and motivating me to get my butt to the gym. Not my friends. Not my entourage. Just me, myself and I.
  3. Find a support system. Although you are not doing it for someone else, you should definitely have someone to push you, and encourage you. For me, I found my support in my best man-friend Josh, who is already very athletic. I asked him to show me the proper forms, and to help me with my workouts. If at the beginning he was around all the time, by the end of my Phase I, I didn't need him to remind me to go to the gym or show me how to do my workouts. I was the one in charge and it felt good. We still workout together sometimes and as a matter of fact, I had him help me today with my leg workout, because I needed someone to encourage me. So find yourself someone who is very motivated about working out, and stick with them. Don't whine and just work your butt off. I promise you, in a couple of weeks you will be surprised by how much their determination/motivation to workout would have robbed off on you.
  4. Make it a lifestyle. Don't think of it as working out, or as a chore you have to get done. Instead think of working out as your daily thing. Just like you don't think twice before brushing your teeth, so you shouldn't when it comes to hitting the gym. Of course at first it might be hard, but make it a point to always show up, even if you are very tired. Set a reminder on your phone to go to the gym. At the beginning, you can even give yourself a treat if you have been good at showing up, and vice-versa, punish yourself if you have been bad.
  5. Stop comparing yourself! This goes back to point #2. We all are different, and are thus differently shaped. You should  strive to have a flat stomach - if that's what you want, but you should never compare yourself to that girl who is so skinny that it doesn't matter if she eats a lot or not, she will never gain a pound. Instead learn to love yourself, find beauty within your body parts. Not everything will be perfect (where would the fun be in that?), but you should learn to value yourself and admire the assets you've got, because somewhere someone is envying you for them just like you are envying that girl with the long legs (looking at you Rosie!).
Remember: Rome wasn't built in one day. Everything takes time and effort and you shouldn't feel discouraged if you don't see results right away. It took me six weeks before I started noticing a considerable change. Always keep the big picture in mind and if in doubt call your support system! I hope you will find this post helpful to you. If you have any questions, concerns or would just like to share your journey, don't hesitate to contact me via email or drop a comment below!


  1. Great advice! If the goal is the right one (good reasons), then it should be easy to reach it.

  2. That's true. It's all about being honest with oneself first :) Thanks for dropping by, Anouk!

  3. This is such a great post, Colette. I especially love that you stressed the importance of recognizing your reasons for setting weight-loss or exercise goals. It really is so important to do it for yourself and for healthy reasons. Great advice about making it a part of your lifestyle rather than a chore. That has definitely helped me in my life. :-)


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